One of Italy’s Best Kept Secrets: Ricetta Tortellini alla Crema Rosa


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 or 5 basil leaves, chopped
  • 3 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 lb tortellini stuffed with cheese, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup 35% cooking cream
  • Parmesan, grated


  1. In a saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the green onions, garlic and basil.
  2. Slowly add the tomato sauce. Turn down the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the tortellini in salted boiling water. Drain.
  4. In a small saucepan, heat the cream without boiling. Add the sauce. Simmer for a few more minutes.
  5. Add the tortellini. Stir gently. Divide between plates.
  6. Garnish with Parmesan and serve with full bodied red wine.

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